Johnsonville statue nears funding goal

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The long and controversial road to bring a statue of Revolutionary War Gen. Francis Marion to Johnsonville may be nearing its end.

Johnsonville City Administrator Scott Tanner said fundraising for the statue is closing in on its original goal of $100,000.

As of Dec. 8, the total amount of pledged funding reached $82,981 with the total amount received being $65,481. The funding includes major donations from Florence County and Santee Cooper.

“We’re getting there,” Tanner said. “Originally, we wanted to have the fundraising completed in February, but we just weren’t able to.”

The last major contribution, of $5,000, was made Nov. 1 by Progress Energy....

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